Downtown library changes
Changes are in store for the downtown library. Earlier this year, the library board allocated $19 million for the project. There are three options the board will choose from: renovate, renovate with expansion, or completly re-build.
During Monday night's meeting, David Farrar outlined each of the three plans. To renovate the existing structure, studies estimate a total price tag of $9.5 million. If the board chooses to renovate and expand, the city will pay over $19 million, and rebuilding was estimated at $21.5 million with an additional $1.25 million for an underground parking garage. Just over three million dollars would need to be generated through a capital fundraising campaign.
Monday night, the library board held a public forum downtown to discuss the future options for the site. The meeting was different from a traditional public forum.
News 2's Michael Shingleton explains.